Civil Beat Staff

Lauren Teruya

Lauren Teruya is a reporting fellow for Honolulu Civil Beat. She is one of  53 Poynter-Koch Fellows across the country.

Prior to joining the newsroom in July 2021, Lauren wrote and produced stories for the Hawaii News Now noon show, “This is Now.”

Lauren grew up in Honolulu, attending Iolani School for 13 years. She graduated with honors in 2021 from the University of Southern California with her bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre and master’s degree in specialized journalism.

During her final year in college, she interned with the legal team at BuzzFeed News, investigating the damage and theft that occurred during the insurrection at the Capitol. Other publications she’s written for include L.A. Taco, Jackson Hole News & Guide and Dishing Magazine.

When she’s not working, Lauren is most likely exploring the outdoors or rehearsing for a show at Diamond Head Theatre. You can contact her at lteruya@civilbeat.org.

Here’s How Native Hawaiian Groups Are Using $38 Million In Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Native Hawaiian Groups Are Using $38 Million In Federal Funds

Native Hawaiians have been hit hard by the latest surge in the coronavirus and still have among the lowest vaccination rates.

From Masks To Vaccines: How Churches Have ‘Power’ Over Public Health Courtesy: Calvary Chapel South Maui

From Masks To Vaccines: How Churches Have ‘Power’ Over Public Health

Churches have been at the center of past Covid outbreaks in the state, but they aren’t subject to state restrictions aimed at preventing coronavirus spread.

Native Hawaiian Leaders Tout Vaccinations As A Way To ‘Protect Our Future’ Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Native Hawaiian Leaders Tout Vaccinations As A Way To ‘Protect Our Future’

Native Hawaiians suffered relatively few Covid-19 cases early in the pandemic but began to see an uptick in July as the delta variant raged.

Empty Tanks, Peeling Walls: The Waikiki Aquarium Needs A Makeover Lauren Teruya/Civil Beat/2021

Empty Tanks, Peeling Walls: The Waikiki Aquarium Needs A Makeover

Months of closure during the pandemic took a toll even as the aquarium brings in more visitors than before.

Penei He ‘Kūlana Kohu Loa’ I Hōlapu Koke Loa Aku Ai ʻO Ka Maʻi Covid Ma Nā Kaha Komohana Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2021

Penei He ‘Kūlana Kohu Loa’ I Hōlapu Koke Loa Aku Ai ʻO Ka Maʻi Covid Ma Nā Kaha Komohana

No Waiʻanae me ʻEwa ka nui loa o nā maʻi ʻana i ke COVID-19 ma Oʻahu nei i loko o nā pule iho nei i hala.

Here’s Why Hawaii State Parks Expect To Triple Their Revenue Courtsy: Misty Bilodeau

Here’s Why Hawaii State Parks Expect To Triple Their Revenue

Despite a year of fluctuating restrictions in parks across the islands, a change in fees gives the parks division an unanticipated increase in cash.

No New Restrictions As Hawaii Hits Record 1,167 COVID Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

No New Restrictions As Hawaii Hits Record 1,167 COVID Cases

However, Hawaii’s top health official said people should still limit their interactions, warning the state is heading toward a “disaster.”

Ige Urges People To Limit Interactions Amid COVID Surge Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Ige Urges People To Limit Interactions Amid COVID Surge

COVID-19 hospitalizations are exponentially climbing as the delta variant drives state coronavirus positivity rate past 7%.

Schools Reopen Amid Concerns About Rising COVID-19 Case Count Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Schools Reopen Amid Concerns About Rising COVID-19 Case Count

Hawaii health officials reported 389 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday.

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